Notable Quotes

Losing a Language

Losing a language is a major setback for everyone, because along with the language, you will also lose all of the poems, the stories, the songs. And those things are of immense importance to all of us as human beings. — Anthony Aristar

Great Spirit

He [The Great Spirit] only sketches out the path of life roughly for all the creatures on earth, shows them where to go, where to arrive, but leaves them to find their own way to get there. He wants them to act independently according to their nature, to the urges of each of them. — Lame Deer, Lakota


Get an education, graduate and go to college. Then bring what you learned back to us and share it with your community. — Teresa Harvey


There's only one thing that separates us from our ancestors, and that's time. — Andrew Abyo, Alutiiq and Aleut


The language, the whole culture of the Lakota, comes from the song of our heartbeat. It's not something that can quickly be put into words. It's a feeling, it's a prayer, it's a thought, it's an emotion - all of these things are in the language. — Larry Swalley, Lakota

A Song Line

We are all given a song line. That’s what you are meant to do with your life. When you do that, it makes you happy and it makes everything happy around you. — Paul Taylor, Australian aborigine

Good Words

Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. — Chief Joseph


I'm interested in doing conservation work because like the word says I want to conserve the environment around me. And I know that it starts with me—that if I don't help no one else will either. — Teanna Andrews, SCA Urban Youth Corps member

Our Churches

Our churches are being attacked and our people can't go to them to pray. It's a fight against white men with gold in their eyes. — Suzan Shown Harjo

Not Just White People

America is not made of just white people. We all bring a certain quality to America. — Briana Welsh